Elections

The Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions draws the attention of Parties to the fact that the 2021 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm conventions are expected to undertake a number of elections of officers and members of subsidiary bodies, as follows:

Basel Convention

  • Bureau of the Conference of the Parties
  • Bureau of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG)
  • Implementation and Compliance Committee (ICC)
  • Environmental Network for Optimizing Regulatory Compliance on Illegal Traffic (ENFORCE)

Rotterdam Convention

  • Bureau of the Conference of the Parties
  • Chemical Review Committee (CRC)
  • Compliance Committee (CC)

Stockholm Convention

  • Bureau of the Conference of the Parties
  • Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC)
  • Effectiveness Evaluation Committee

Please see here for an overview of all elections to take place during the meetings.

Facilitation of the process for nominating candidates for election

During their 2019 meetings, the Conferences of the Parties to the three conventions agreed to entrust their respective Bureau, with the support of the Secretariat, with facilitating during the intersessional period preceding the 2021 meetings of the Conferences of the Parties the process for nominating candidates for election.

During their respective meetings held on 9 June, 10 June and 25-26 June 2020, each Bureau of the Conference of the Parties received an information package from the Secretariat on the elections to take place during the 2021 meetings of the conferences of the Parties as well as a proposal on the steps that could be taken by each Bureau, with the support of the Secretariat, to facilitate the process for nominating candidates for election. Following the consideration of this matter, each Bureau agreed for the Secretariat to send an invitation to Parties on behalf of the Bureaux to submit nominations by 19 April 2021, so that Parties could consult in their regions on these nominations in advance of and during the regional preparatory meetings.

On 19 November 2020, the Secretariat, on behalf of the bureaux, sent a letter to all Parties to the conventions regarding the elections to take place during the 2021 meetings of the conferences of the Parties. Attached to the letter were three information packages on the elections to take place during each meeting of the Conference of the Parties, including information on arrears as at 31 October 2020 in assessed contributions to each General Trust Fund, as well as an overview of all the elections to take place during those meetings. The communication is available on the Basel Convention website, the Rotterdam Convention website and the Stockholm Convention website.

Further information on bureaux and subsidiary bodies under the conventions can be found under other sections of the conventions’ websites.